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Love and Compassion

ALT | International Shorts

Love and compassion—simple words that have so much impact on our lives and the lives of others as both require you to put aside your own self-interest and relate to another. Sadly, they are two things the world could use a lot more of, and, while not out to solve the global shortages, this program of short films has these two subjects playing major role, directly and indirectly. Love is more than transient passion, desire or affection. The bonds between parent and child or siblings can be as deeply rooted as your own identity, and familial love also brings to mind words like attachment, devotion, responsibility, duty and obligations. These form the core of four of these shorts. Having compassion requires empathy, understanding, respect—it’s far more than just fleeting sympathy. Compassion plays out on personal levels and on a grand scale; it helps define our humanity. At this time in history, when it can seem that the world has lost its heart, there are some moving and affecting examples of compassion on display here.

Coming of Age

Director: Doug Tompos / USA, 2018, 8 min.
In the afterglow of sex, a generation gap opens between two men as they struggle to define trust in the age of open marriage and NSA hookups. more...


Director: Colin Gerrard / UK, 2017, 11 min.
An old man’s routine visit to a local doctor’s office takes a twist when there’s a lack of civility from a woman tired of waiting her turn. more...


Director: Victoria Hollup, Paul Agar / UK, 2018, 16 min.
Facing years of loneliness and isolation while packing up her deceased husband’s belongings, Hilda (Joan Collins) unearths a long-buried secret. more...

In Lucia's Skin

Director: Mayra Hermosillo, Ángel De Guillermo / Mexico, 2018, 14 min.
A day at the circus with her daughter is a reminder to Lucia of her constant struggle with poverty and a traumatic past. more...

Mino Bimaadiziwin

Director: Shane McSauby / USA, 2017, 10 min.
At a cultural preservation dance, a trans Anishinaabe man meets a vivacious young woman who pushes him to reconnect with Indigenous culture. more...


Director: Alvaro Gago / Spain, 2017, 21 min.
Faced with many challenges in her daily life, a disgruntled cannery worker takes refuge in her relationship with her daughter and granddaughter. more...

Open Your Eyes

Director: Ilay Mevorach / Israel, 2017, 15 min.
Ilana is going blind. When she goes to the clinic with her son for her monthly injections, she is terrified when her usual doctor is absent. more...

Theo & Celeste

Director: Hannah Dougherty / Australia, 2018, 3 min.
A couple on a teeter-totter play a game of "Would you still be my friend if…" to test their new friendship. more...

Yesterday or the Day Before

Director: Hugo Sanz / Spain, 2017, 10 min.
The relationship between two sisters who’ve had a special bond since childhood is tested one last time. more...

Director Various
Country of Origin: Various
Year: 2018
Running Time: 108 mins


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